Attention: Parade participants
Line-up for the parade gets under way at 7:30 a.m. May 28 behind the State Road Shopping Center. The parade will step off at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Portage Trail and Lillis Drive, traveling east, then north on Fourth Street to Oakwood Drive. No parking will be permitted in the line-up area, so participants should make arrangements to be dropped off.
At 8 a.m., police will close Portage Trail and the side streets from Fourth Street to State Road. Any participant arriving late should use either Broad Boulevard or Graham Road to access the line-up area.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the event.
All units singing or playing music are reminded to play only drum clicks once they reach the cemetery.
Gold Star Mothers and special guests who are scheduled to participate in the parade include:
* Terrie Walsh, mother of Sgt. Justin T. Walsh, who died Oct. 11, 2006, at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Oct. 5, 2006.
* Linda Large, mother of Army Sgt. Bryan W. Large, 31, of Cuyahoga Falls, who died on Oct. 3, 2005. Large was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. He died in Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations.
* Melody Roop, mother of Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew D. Brownfield, 24, who died March 18, 2004, from wounds received during an enemy mortar attack at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.
* Parade officials say Army SPC Adam Poppenhouse, who lost his right leg above the knee and badly wounded his left foot in Iraq, has indicated his willingness to participate in the parade.
* The family of Marine Cpl. Jeff Boskovitch, 25, of North Royalton, who died in action with his sniper unit in western Iraq on Aug. 1, 2005, will attend the service at Oakwood Cemetery
Scouts will collect food donations
The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of the Great Trail Council, Moecomdws District will collect canned and dried food items during the parade.
The scouts will be coming down the parade route, just ahead of the parade, to collect the donations.
Parade committee will meet June 3
On June 3 at 2 p.m., an "after parade" meeting will be conducted at the American Legion, 1601 Front St., to discuss any problems and to brainstorm ideas for next year's parade. The 2008 parade committee officers also will be elected. All are welcome.
The 10th annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by Valley Savings Bank, the city of Cuyahoga Falls and Kirbie's Meats and Catering, will take place from 7 to 9 a.m. on May 28, at Falls High School, 2300 Fourth St. Donations will be accepted for the Cuyahoga Falls Instrumental Music Patrons.
For more information, call Mary Stephan at 330-923-0454.